Innospec case in the U.K. could impact transnational bribery law

If the U.K.’s sentencings of those convicted of corruption are low enough, other countries might decide to prosecute British citizens on their own shores

The Innospec trial conducted cross-jurisdictionally in the U.K. and U.S. is coming to a close soon with the sentencing of four men, two of whom pleaded guilty to corruption in 2012, and two of whom were recently found guilty of conspiracy to commit corruption. Their participation in the trade of illicit goods earned Innospec millions of dollars in illegal profits, and international notoriety for the company’s executives. 

A U.K. court found Dennis Kerrison and Miltiades Papachristos guilty after a conducted investigation by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office led the court to determine that they — along with David Turner and Paul Jennings who had pled guilty in 2012 — paid bribes to Indonesian officials to secure sales of tetraethyl lead, also known as TEL. The toxin is considered highly dangerous, and was created as an octane booster to be added to engine fuel. Fuel that contains TEL was banned in the U.K. in 2000 because links between it and severe neurological damage were found. 

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